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This Spacey Café Tacvba Song With Ranchera Vibes Will Get You Pumped For 2017

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Café Tacvba instantly cured our New Year’s Day cruda with a bright glimpse into the future.

The Mexican rockers rang in the first of the year with a brand new single titled “Futuro” and it feels like a much-needed slap to the face after 2016, which was a major buzzkill. “Futuro”, a hypnotic, optimistic track with elements of ranchera, couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

“The relationship between life and death and the perception of time are two themes that ‘Futuro’ explores without solemnity or optimism,” Quique Rangel, Café Tacvba’s bassist and vocalist, said in a press release. “But it also points to a brighter promise if we allow ourselves to recognize the here and now (without the desire to be a self-help song).”

“Futuro” is the second single from Café Tacvba’s forthcoming album, which is set to be released this spring. Last fall, the band released an enchanting single titled “Un Par de Lugares,” their first release in four years.

Café Tacvba is also scheduled to play at the House of Blues in Anaheim on March 9 and 10.


Listen To Café Tacvba’s First New Song In 4 Years

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Here's How These Huaraches Are Helping Guatemala's Mayans Fight Pollution

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Here’s How These Huaraches Are Helping Guatemala’s Mayans Fight Pollution

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Lake Atitlan in Guatemala was once known throughout the world for its pristine waters. Fishermen made a living from the lake, and tourists funneled much-needed money into the nearby communities. But all that has changed.

Over the last several years, Lake Atitlan has slowly become polluted by sewage, agricultural waste, and toxic bacteria.

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The once-clear waters of Lake Atitlan are now filled with contaminants like E.coli and a toxic blue-green algae called cyanobacteria, which can affect the kidneys, liver, and central nervous system. These pose serious problems for the indigenous population that depend on the lake for food, water, and their livelihood. To make matters worse, the only water treatment plant for the lake was destroyed in 2005 by Hurricane Stan and the local government has not made it a priority to help the indigenous Mayan population living off the lake.

Enter Francesca Kennedy, whose family is originally from Guatemala.

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As a child, Kennedy spent summers visiting Panajachel, Guatemala. She was baptized in Lake Atitlan. However, in 2010, when she was visiting her grandfather, Kennedy noticed the poor condition of the lake, and worse, she saw children collecting the water to drink. When locals told Kennedy how the quality of the lake had adversely affected the economy, she decided to use her entrepreneurial know-how to help the community.

Kennedy created I.X. Style and began selling handmade huaraches, bags, and jewelry through several well-known retail establishments.

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The company, which was named after the Mayan word for “water,” employs about 800 female Mayan artisans from Guatemala. It donates 15 percent of its sales to organizations devoted to improving the quality of the lake’s water and the lives of those who depend on it.

The company, which started with very little money, now sees sales in excess of $500K.

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Kennedy told Forbes in a recent interview, “If you are creating a business for the right reasons, with purpose and passion, your customers will feel your authenticity.”

Read the entire Forbes interview below.

[H/T] FORBES: How This Latina Turned Her Aha Moment Into A Profitable, Socially Responsible Business


READ: Here’s What Happens When Industry Displaced Peru’s Indigenous People

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